America, Inc., Super PAC Throws Last-Minute Funds at Minnesota's Sixth District Race

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KSTP episode of "At Issue"
From left, Joe Perske (DFL), John Denney (I) and Tom Emmer (R)
America, Inc., a Virginia-based Super PAC, has spent twice as much money to defeat Independence Party candidate John Denney than Denney has on hand.

A review of FEC reports of independent expenditures in Minnesota's sixth congressional district race shows that the group dropped $8,000 in early October on "Online/Digital Ads & Production" against Denney. Then last Friday, it dropped another $1,250 for the same purpose.

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On Eve of Election, Congressman John Kline Says For-Profit Colleges Need to Be Accountable

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November 2 episode of KSTP "At Issue"
From left, Republican U.S. Rep. John Kline, Independence Party candidate Paula Overby, and DFL candidate Mike Obermueller, all vying for MN's second congressional district
Last week, the Star Tribune endorsed John Kline for a seventh term in office, pardoning the Republican congressman for "a reputation that has been tarnished by his coziness with for-profit colleges." The editorial board credited the former marine for, among other things, his expertise on foreign policy issues and his work on protecting child sex trafficking victims.

The endorsement concluded: "Voters would be shortsighted to dismiss a candidate with Kline's clout. The silver-haired representative deserves their support, with the caveat that he needs to more aggressively hold disreputable for-profit colleges accountable."

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John Denney, IP Congressional Candidate, Wants You to Sue Him If He Sells Out

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John Denney
We've all seen the commercials: Not satisfied with your product or service? Get a refund.

Money-back guarantees are a handy tool for marketers -- but could they work in the public arena? John Denney, the Independence Party Sixth District congressional candidate, thinks so.

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Bill Maher Visits Northfield to Oust Congressman John Kline from Power

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All photos by Jesse Marx
Rosena Moore lifts a piece of paper with the words "Shame on you!" written in black ink. Somewhere, inside the Grand Event Center in Northfield, comedian Bill Maher is warming up.

"This man spews crap out of his mouth," says Moore, a retired nurse. "I thought we were past this in our country."

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U.S. Rep. John Kline Named Worst Congressman in Bill Maher's "Flip a District" Contest

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HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Last week, Bill Maher announced the end of his "Flip a District" contest, in which viewers could vote for the worst representative with the hope of ousting that person this fall.

The winner? Or more accurately, the loser? John Kline of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.

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Sen. Al Franken's and Amy Klobuchar's Constitutional Amendment Is Shot Down

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U.S. senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar
The U.S. Senate blocked a constitutional amendment Thursday that would've allowed states and the federal government to put caps on corporate political spending.

The fact that it got to the floor at all may be the biggest surprise here. Every Republican voted against the amendment, and every Dem who was present voted for it, including U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, both co-sponsors.

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Sen. Al Franken finds favor and distrust at north Minneapolis block party

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Jesse Marx
U.S. Sen. Al Franken at the Broadway Day Block Party
Saturday's Broadway Day Block Party was an opportunity for north Minneapolis to celebrate the end of summer and bask in its cultural goodness. Community organizers enlisted new recruits, musicians wailed, and the hungry salivated over roasted cayenne-peppered corn.

It was, in some ways, a miniature version of the Minnesota State Fair with one notable constant: the presence of U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

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Senators Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar push to limit corporate campaign donations

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Minnesota senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar
Next month, a constitutional amendment that would allow states and the federal government to put caps on corporate campaign donations is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate. It has the support of both Al Franken and was hailed by Amy Klobuchar earlier this summer as a way "to restore the right of individual Americans to have their voices heard" over special interests.

If approved, it would overturn the precedents set by two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions -- Citizens United v. F.E.C. and McCutcheon v. F.E.C. -- that allow corporations to spend a limitless amounts of cash to get pols elected. But by all accounts, the Senate amendment -- and its companion in the House -- is also, at least for now, a hopeless cause.

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U.S. Rep. John Kline makes it to final four of Bill Maher's #FlipADistrict Contest

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HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher
Earlier this year, HBO's Bill Maher launched a new website known as "Flip A District," where viewers could ponder the worst U.S. representative. The hope was that bad publicity would oust one poor bastard from power in the next election.

For months, the votes poured in through Twitter, and on Friday, Maher announced the first pol to make it to the final four bracket: John Kline of Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District.

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New report finds dangerous levels of arsenic across Minnesota wells

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The Center for Public Integrity
Minnesotans are at risk of consuming dangerous levels of arsenic in their food and water, according to weekend report released by the Center for Public Integrity.
 
Whether there's such a thing as a safe level of arsenic is debatable, though even small amounts of the toxin have been linked to lower IQ scores in children and instances of cancer in adults. At home, researchers found that the concentration of arsenic in an alarming number of groundwater wells exceeded 10 parts per billion -- the ceiling set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Dozens tested positive for more than 50 parts per billion.

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